Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has welcomed the announcement of €247,500 which has been allocated to Mayo County Council for development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.
This announcement is part of an overall €2.2 million Capital Investment Programme which will allow 13 coastal local authorities to undertake and complete 52 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.
Three of the projects are based in north Mayo with Killala Harbour receiving €90,000 for the installation of new A to Ns on the immediate approach channel to Killala Harbour, repair defective or undermined sections of the main pier, and to remove silt from harbour area and safety works.
Rathlacken Pier in Lacken will receive €112,500 for emergency underpinning of existing pier end which is dangerously undermined, further repairs and reconstruction of harbour deck and breakwater wall, safety works to include ladders and edge rails, and the construction of a protective winch house.
Ballina Harbour will receive €22,500 for the improvement and upgrade of aids to navigation on approach channel along the River Moy from Killala Bay to Ballina Harbour.
The Green pier in Achill will also receive €22,500 for repairs to the pier wall.
Minister Ring stated: “The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.
“The local authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are essential to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their areas by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing and aquaculture related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists all of which generate an environment for job creation."